Useful Community Development: What's New

Here are the most recent important changes to our website, including new articles, visitor questions, and editors' answers. You'll also find links to significantly revised pages.

Improper Notification of Zoning Variance

Visitor Question: My question is about a zoning variance. In this town you must notify all neighboring properties within 150 feet. One neighboring property

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Project Management Cycle in Community Development

Visitor Question: How should local communities manage projects using a results based approach? Editors Reply: For the benefit of other visitors, we

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Beach Nourishment Programs Offer Complex Advantages and Disadvantages

Beach nourishment programs transfer sand from an offsite location to replenish an area torn apart by erosion or storm. This page explains the environmental and economic advantages of these projects.

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Start a Community Based Non Profit Organization

Visitor Question: Is an organization limited to one scope? I want our community to have a day care for single and working parents, a land bank (not sure

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Building Codes Versus Deed Restrictions

Visitor Question: What power do building codes have over deed restrictions over a title? What power over a title do building codes have? Editors Reply:

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Deed Restriction Requires 30 Foot Setback

Visitor Question: A deed restriction on a particular lot recorded in the 30-s provides for a 30 foot setback. All homes on the street are built and have

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New Construction Causes More Noise, Emissions and Traffic

Visitor Question: We need help against having all this construction. Once these buildings are finished we will have more people looking for parking, as

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Covenant Protecting Mountain View

Visitor Question: I have owned my property for 15 years. We have a beautiful view of the Rocky Mountains. The original owner of my property owned 10 acres

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Community Development Evaluation Considerations

Community development evaluation may or may not be required of your organization. This page is an overview of types of evaluation and whether it should be done at all.

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How to Change Covenants

Visitor Question: We live in an enclave of 8 homes with a loosely created covenant system from 1995 when the homes were built. Many of the covenants are

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Who Is a Community Developer

Site Visitor Asks These Questions: 1. what is community 2. development means what in community 3. what is community planning 4. U.N definition for community

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Rezoning When Deed Restrictions Prohibit Activity

Visitor Question: Can township zoning appeals rezone a 1/2 acre lot in the middle of residential develop to agricultural? I am in Ohio without an HOA.

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Deed Restriction Based on Race

Visitor Question: If you have a deed restriction based on race would it be A. Voidable but the conveyance is still valid Or B. Void but the deed is

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House Exempted from HOA

Visitor Asks: Hello, I just bought a house in a subdivision with an HOA (homeowners association). The owner told me the house is not a part of the HOA

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Deed Restriction Enforcement Without HOA Management

Visitor's Question: I have a buyer who is interested in purchasing a home in a neighborhood with 2006 deed restrictions and an HOA (without management).

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